Helping enhance IT access to Refugee Students: Arrow Value Recovery Group donates notebooks.
By: Mimouna Toutouh
In the spring of 2013, I visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to study the Arabic Language, while also volunteering at SOS Village. My passion and belief in education lead me to connect with Hopes for Women in Education, a non-profit organization operating in Jordan to provide higher-education scholarships for women. Yet, it wasn’t only scholarship offerings Hopes provided to underprivileged refugee women, but needed trainings, counselling, mentorship and support to help build their capacity and skill to succeed in the real world post-graduation.
Upon returning to the Netherlands, I stayed in touch with the organization, as a global volunteer. I followed the work of Hopes on Facebook, and saw they were seeking to obtain Computer Notebooks for their students that needed them for their higher-education studies. I immediately contacted family and friends for ideas and was connected to Joep van Loon, the General Manager of Arrow Value Recovery (Netherlands), a company that sells refurbished IT products.
Arrow’s Value Recovery Group is a worldwide provider of IT asset disposition and aftermarket solutions designed to deliver data security, efficiency and value. With specialized expertise in reverse logistics, Arrow enables organizations to uncover hidden value and increase sustainability at the end of the IT product life cycle.
After meeting with Joep van Loon and telling them about the great work Hopes does, he was excited to reveal that they could help through the donation of notebooks to the organization. I was excited to hear back from them; “Arrow wishes to help this beautiful and great initiative,” said Joep van Loon. Donations of ten refurbished notebooks to Hopes will help provide the tools necessary to students both in the field of Computer Science (to use for their university assignments), as well for students that don’t have access to a computer / laptop at home. Hopes will be able to lend out the notebooks to students during their Academic duration in university to help enhance their overall experience and need.
I was recently invited to visit Arrow Value Recovery, where I got to meet Joep van Loon and Sander Onstenk who gave us a tour of their company and then personally donated the notebooks to us. We are currently in the process of trying to transport the notebooks to Amman, where we hope that students can use them as soon as possible.
Hopes relies on donations and partnerships, such as these to help it do the work in does to assist refugee women obtain a higher-educational degree. In-take donations of supplies that can enhance our student’s experiences are welcomed. As part of a global community, working closely with the private sector are some of the ways we can continue to contribute positive and socially in our local community. A big thank you to Arrow Value Recovery for their generous donation!